Eng Hwee Chu
B. 1967, Batu Pahat, Johore, Malaysia.
Eng Hwee Chu graduated from the Malaysian Institute of Art in 1989. Her paintings are characterised by contemporaneous allegories filling the canvases to the brim, among which one may find personal encounters intertwined with social phenomena and historical accounts. An autobiographical undertone looms, perhaps inadvertently, ascribed to the stylised red-skinned nude female protagonist which appears in most of her works. She propounds her confrontation against conventional restraints on females, making her works an apparent evidence of her concerns over the predicament faced by women and children. Morbidezza suffuses her imagery, with a tinge of mystique, poignance and solitude.
Hwee Chu has an illustrious career in art. Amongst the awards she has garnered is the Grand Prize in Philip Morris National Art Award (Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia, 1994), Minor Award in Young Contemporaries Award by National Art Gallery (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1992), and Minor Award in Salon Malaysia 3 by National Art Gallery (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1991).
Hwee Chu has two solo exhibitions namely “To You I Surrender My Vanity” (Archival Exhibition, Suma Orientalis, 2017) and “Solo Exhibition of Eng Hwee Chu” (Creative Centre, National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1995). She has also participated in many group shows. Selectively, they are “Negaraku” (National Art Gallery, Kuala, Lumpur, Malaysia, 2017), “Absurd(c)ity” (National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2014), “Women In-Between: Asian Women Artists 1984-2012” (Fukuoka Art Museum, Okinawa, Tochigi and Mie Prefectural Art Museum, Japan, 2012),“Masterpieces of the National Art Gallery” (National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2002), The Sovereign Art Exhibition (Hong Kong, 2005), “Osaka Triennale 2001 International Contemporary Art Exhibition”(Osaka Cultural Foundation, Osaka, Japan, 2001), “Malaysia Contemporary Art Exhibition” (China Museum of Art, Beijing, China, 1999), “Art in Southeast Asia 1997 : Glimpses into Future” (Traveling Show, Museum of Contemporary art, Tokyo and Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, The Japan Foundation, Asia Centre Japan, 1997), “2nd Asia Pacific Triennale” (Queensland Art Gallery, Brisbane, Australia, 1996), “3rd Chiang Mai Social Installation, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 1995), ”Phillip Morris Asean Art Award Exhibition” (World Trade Centre Singapore, 1994),“Art & Material” (Singapore National Museum Art Gallery, Singapore, 1992) and “Salon Malaysia 3” ((National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 1991).
Hwee Chu currently lives and works in Negeri Sembilan, Malaysia.
Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, Japan
Singapore Art Museum, Singapore
Fukuoka Art Museum, Japan
National Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Private collections in Malaysia and abroad